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secretary chuck hagel will make his first speech to the staff at the pentagon since taking office early this morning. hagel was sworn in at a private ceremony after an unusually tough confirmation fight, which ended in a 58-41 vote. hagel overcame a republican-led filibuster by members of his own party who never forgave his criticism of the iraq war. let me bring in republican strategist and former santorum senior strategist and nbc col n columnist and contributing editor for the hill. good morning. he has to confront a staggering $46 billion in cuts to military spending which are set to begin tomorrow. he's got his work cut out for him. >> he really does. part of the reason the president selected chuck hagel was knowing going forward the defense department would have to undergo cuts anyhow. obviously the sequester makes that a lot tougher process because it is, you know, these cuts are much less strategic obviously than what we would have preferred. he also comes in after having a tough few weeks, a little bloodied i think and some of that was intended not so much to go after hagel but
now where the senate could vote tomorrow to make chuck hagel defense secretary. in a party line vote, the senate arm armed services committee voted 14-11 to send hagel's nomination to the full senate. his nomination hearing highlighted his past statements on iran and israel, but with a democratic majority in the senate, he should be confirmed. >>> marco rubio needed a quick drink during the rebuttal of the state of the union grasping for a bottle of water off camera. twitter absolutely lit up. rubio had fun with it. he tweeted this picture, #gopresponse. at one point sarah palin wrote, obama there's much progress to report. oh really? let's see what the facts show, #sotugottobekiddingme. >>> and kmeeti icompeting, the ends in a gunfight and a cabin fire. those details coming up next. and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hosti
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